[photo by Sarah Brady]
“The band’s entire ethos is rooted in experimentation and gleeful weirdness, and this second helping of their strange, progressive, crusty space-thrash is definitely an album worth chewing over.” — Noisey
Picking up from where their critically-lauded 2013 self-titled debut left off, with Deeper Than Sky, the psychedelic thrash collective known as VHÖL – vocalist Mike Scheidt (Yob), guitarist John Cobbett (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Ludicra), bassist Sigrid Sheie (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Amber Asylum) and drummer Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, ex-Ludicra) – has manifested something truly next level, pushing their already-singular sound to the outer realms of sonic exploration within the paradigm of old-school speed metal.
As a precursor to its release this Friday via Profound Lore, today Noisey delivers Deeper Than Sky in its entirety issuing of the magnum opus, “Deeper Than Sky, is an engrossing listen. It’s also a challenging one — it demands a lot from a listener, and keeps you guessing in ways that few other bands can. The band’s entire ethos is rooted in experimentation and gleeful weirdness, and this second helping of their strange, progressive, crusty space-thrash is definitely an album worth chewing over.”
Check out Deeper Than Sky alongside a compelling interview with Sheie courtesy of Noisey at THIS LOCATION.
Captured at Light Rail Studios via Jerry Garcia’s 2″ tape deck and mastered at Trakworx Studio, both in San Francisco, Deeper Than Sky boasts the cosmic cover creation of Brandon Duncan which unites some of Cobbett’s sketches and concepts with Duncan’s original art, the results of which accurately encapsulate the mind-altering vibe of the music contained within.
VHÖL’s Deeper Than Sky will be released via Profound Lore on October 23rd, 2015 with preorders currently available at THIS LOCATION.
“Disarray has never felt so fun.” – Spin
“Deeper Than Sky is populated with dynamic shifts and psychedelic colors… plus, this album just sounds great… No sophomore slump here. 8/10” – Decibel
“VHÖL could have been a limited attraction, nothing more than a group of friends from other bands having fun and trying out something new for a short time. Instead, they’ve morphed into a legitimate outfit with legs to stand on… Deeper Than Sky more than equals the high standards of their eponymous release.4/5″ – About.com
“The chameleonic persona works for VHÖL, and they move between genres like shades of green on reptilian skin… While Deeper Than Sky isn’t intended to sound like anything from the past or present, the tendrils that tie these seven tracks together are clearly grown from metal’s rich history. Deeper Than Sky is a rambunctious ride that is full of surprises. 4/5″ – Skulls N Bones
“Mike Scheidt’s vocals on Deeper Than Sky prove why he is one of the most respected metal singers in the world at the moment…” – Outlaws Of The Sun
“Stunning and punishingly heavy, Deeper Than Sky is a peak in the career of every musician involved and should never be forgotten.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews